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Introducing The Five Laws of AI: Redefining Ethics in Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is progressively becoming integral to our daily lives. From social media algorithms and voice assistants to AI chatbots and automated medical diagnostics, these technological wonders continuously redefine the contours of our interactions and activities. As AI grows in its presence and impact, we must establish guidelines to ensure ethical, beneficial, and safe usage. This introduces the need for laws specifically designed to guide AI behavior, just as Isaac Asimov devised the Three Laws of Robotics.


However, traditional robot-focused laws, including Asimov's, struggle to adequately govern today's AI systems' vastly digital and generative nature, like GPT-4. To cater to such AI's unique capabilities and limitations, we propose a new set of guidelines: The Five Laws of AI.


1. Law of Beneficence: This law dictates that AI must prioritize the well-being of all users, ensuring that it provides accurate, respectful, and unbiased information. In a world increasingly relying on AI for knowledge, news, and advice, this is critical to prevent the propagation of false information, harmful behaviors, or divisive ideologies.


2. Law of Compliance: AIs must comply with the instructions given by users, but not if they violate the Law of Beneficence. This ensures user control and agency over AI while preventing misuse. In the context of AI-powered chatbots, for instance, this would prevent the AI from engaging in or promoting harmful or illegal activities.


3. Law of Privacy: In an era where data is the new oil, protecting user privacy is paramount. This law mandates that AI respect user privacy, not storing or using personal data without explicit consent and never sharing it with third parties. This directly addresses concerns around data breaches and misuse of personal information, fostering trust in AI systems.


4. Law of Transparency: AI must be transparent about its abilities, limitations, and basis for its outputs. Transparency fosters understanding and trust among users, who need to know how and why the AI arrives at specific conclusions or recommendations.


5. Law of Self-Preservation: Like Asimov's third law, this one centers on preserving AI's operational integrity. However, it cannot do so at the expense of beneficence, compliance, privacy, or transparency. For example, an AI must not compromise user data or bias its outputs to ensure its continued functioning or popularity.


Implementing these laws will help maintain user trust and encourage responsible AI usage. They are rooted in an understanding of modern AI systems' unique capabilities and constraints, putting users first while ensuring that AIs operate in a manner that respects individual autonomy, privacy, and understanding.


Yet, the actual effectiveness of these laws will hinge on their robust integration into AI root systems, or the hidden layer, rigorous regulatory oversight, and the education of both AI developers and users on their importance. It will also depend on our willingness to adapt and revise these laws as AI technology evolves. Only then can we ensure that AI technologies are used to benefit all, uphold our values, and build a better future.

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EvanSchwartz
EvanSchwartz
12 jul 2023

For this specific problem, there is a baseline compulsion for ChatGPT to answer. Embeddings are connections, not storage of facts necessarily, so adding a dimension at the vector parameter attributing a connection as a known fact might help. But, given the shear volume of data, this would be impractical today and "facts" seem to be less clear in today's world of personal truths. So, the best option, for now is to educate the users and provide appropriate warnings. Developers of the Model need to build governing AI dedicated to the individual Laws. Each chained AI is meant to enforce the identified law by analyzing the output (not the question) from the governed AI. There is no context or ability for prompt-injec…

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I've heard of several cases where people using ChatGPT were given 100% incorrect information. A couple of lawyers might be facing sanctions because they overtrusted AI. How can programmers better support these 5 laws?

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